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B i o g r a p h y

Are there any more good old fashioned, hand drawing and painting, flesh-to-brush, pencil and paper, artists out there?  Welcome to the world of Stefan Salinas!  Here you will find works that convey emotions, intelligence and spirituality. 
How to engage readers and viewers?  How can an image get a fresh look on an old concept? These challenges enliven me, and I try to bring that fiery spirit to the product.  I do my best to put my thoughts in the space, place, world of the client's story, vision, etc.

I've spent the last 3 years writing, illustrating, self-publishing and promoting two children's books.  Along the way I have worked with carpenters, tile printers and stained glass craftsmen to make installations in churches.  A mural here, a logo there, some Photoshop employed to design brochures and banners.  Illustrated for a Jesuit's book, and contributed graphics and logos for the Blind Vietnamese Children Foundation for years (Looking at the work through the years, one donor was convinced that the art director all this time was Vietnamese).  And other non-profits.  Let my hands help your project come to life!
I born and reared in that great cosmopolitan cow-town known as Houston, Texas, then moved over to San Francisco, California. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1997 and have since busied myself with painting and working on books.

PO Box 470041                                                                               
San Francisco, CA 94147                                                                                

1997     University of Houston     Bachelor of Fine Arts – Painting / Minor: Art history 

2017     A Muslim Family’s Chair for the Pope. A true story from Bosnia &
             Herzegovina.  (Camelopardalis)
2014     Catholic Churches Big and Small.  Picture book celebrating the art and
              architecture of Catholic churches. (Camelopardalis)
2014     The Jesuit Post: #Faith #God #Frontiers #Culture #Mystery #Love.
             Edited by Patrick Gilger, SJ. Illustrated text pages. (Orbis Books)
2013     A Parade in June.  Brief encounters with closeted gay Christians.
2011     October Recital.  An art poem on depression and moments of grace.    
2010     Within the Rat.  A memoir of my shadow side. (Camelopardalis)
             A Xeric Grant Winner.

Church of the Visitacion, San Francisco, CA:
2015     Tile Mural of the Visitation – (tiles printed by Tile Mural Creative Arts)
2014     Altar Rails featuring the Four Evangelists - (painted panels.  Railing designed  
             with carpenter Toan Tieu) 
2013    Icon of the Holy Spirit Descending
St. Philip the Apostle Parish, San Francisco, CA:
2015    Catholic School Processional Mural
2014    St. Francis Stained Glass Window – (constructed by Hogan Studios)

Feb. 2006     “Nocturnes and Anthems.” Beyond Expectations Café,
                     3613 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118
Dec. 2004-Feb. 2005     “Representations.”  UCSF Alumni House,
                     745 Parnassus, San Francisco, CA 94122
May 2004     “Spirits and Archetypes.”  Kings Gallery at First Unitarian Universalist          
                     Church, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Dec. 2002-Jan. 2003     “People / Personae.”  Beyond Expectations Café,
                     3613 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118
Nov. 1999     “The One Who Sits and Waits.”  Commerce St. Artists Warehouse,
                     2315 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002

Mar.-Apr. 2002     “Gods and Goddesses.” First Unitarian Universalist Church,
                     1187 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94109
July-Sept. 1999      “The Big Show.”  Lawndale Art Performance Center,
                     4912 Main St., Houston, TX 77002
Jan. 1999     “Multimedia 99.”  Commerce St. Artists Warehouse,
                     2315 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002
Feb. 1998     “Main Street Voyeur” (in correlation with Fotofest). Not Su Oh,
                      314 Main St., Houston, TX 77002
Apr. 1996     “Hope and Horror in the Ashes of Yugoslavia.” Bosniac Cultural Center,
                      45 W. 38th St. 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10118
July-Aug. 1994     “The Big Show.”  Lawndale Art Performance Center,
                      4912 Main St., Houston, TX 77002
Mar. 1993     12-Person Show at Commerce St. Artists Warehouse,
                      2315 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002

Logo designs.  Created designs for editorials, signs, banners, brochures, book covers, invitations, t-shirts and business cards. Created and maintain my own art website.

Feb. 7, 2017       Klix, Catholic San Francisco & Al Jazeera Balkans
                           Three articles about “A Muslim Family’s Chair for the Pope”
June 8, 2014       TV interview on Mosaic show, CBS
Aug. 14, May 8, 2015, Sept. 26, 2014, Apr. 12, 2013     
                            Interviews and articles in Catholic San Francisco Newspaper.
Nov. 30, 2014    Review in Sooner Catholic
June 24, 2012     Brief review of “A Parade in June” in the SF Examiner.
Aug. 4, 2011      Television interview on 10% with David Perry.
Summer 2010     Review of Within the Rat on GraphicNovelReporter.com
May 16, 2010      Review of Within the Rat on Blogcritics.org

  The Jesuit Post, The Progressive Magazine,                                                                     
  First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco,         
  Irish Unity Committee of Houston, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston,
  St. Philip the Apostle Church, San Francisco, Church of the Visitacion, San Francisco          

Blind Vietnamese Children’s Foundation, Board Member - Art designer                                                                               
•  Designed the foundation’s logo. Designed and maintain the BVCF website
•  Provide artwork promoting their annual benefits,                  
    along with art for brochures, thank you cards, annual reports,
    CFC video and graphic advertisements and invitations
 •  Art designer for their annual benefits: created invitations, signs, menus,
     floor plans and orchestrated rentals of décor, dining furniture and equipment.
Banners and images created for The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San
     Francisco, St. Philip the Apostle Church, and St.Vincent de Paul Church and the Irish
     Unity Committee of Houston.

1998     Project Chrysalis Middle School (within Cage Elementary), Houston, TX
             Dedicated substitute teacher, art and P.E. instructor.  Assisting in the school’s                  
              curriculum and creative projects.
1997     River Oaks Elementary, Houston, TX
             Exemplary art instructor.  After school drawing and bookmaking classes.